Aug 12, 2013 9:00am PDT
their chops on national security as a trumping thing against the democrats. i think obama because of osama bin laden, basically continuing the policies of his pred assessor is flank on 2012. all the national security stuff is going to be revisited in 2016 whether it's hillary clinton or someone else. republicans will want to lay the ground work. >> not to overstate the tea party but some of the tea party types, if they are taken seriously -- >> this is put your money where your mouth is. >> this is put your money where your mouth is time for these people. they should tell speaker boehner to cool it. this is our time. >> it is interesting this is coming, heather. talking about the resurgence of al qaeda and iraq, to have the conversation with that as a backdrop is theeth ka si of the reforms you are proposing. >>> coming up, a year ago mitt romney officially attacked paul ryan to be his running meat. they begin to speculate about 2016, not naming any names, a new book takes a look back. we will talk to dan balls about romney and the race that was, just ahead. >>> time for the "your business" en
Aug 2, 2013 9:00am PDT
this is not comparable to osama bin laden by a long shot. mr. snowden may have done some damage to american national security, but unlike in the cold war days, it's not as if a defector has shown up in russia and is providing them with information the u.s. doesn't know about. i think at this point the intelligence officials who i've spoeb to pretty well indicate that they understand what mr. snowden downloaded. they understand what he's published. presumably they understand what he's not yet published, and they -- so they have sort of confined the problem. that doesn't make it any easier but it does mean that they are not sitting there wondering what he's going to say or do next. >> edward snowden, sort of amusing that his idea is to become a human rights activist. russia not known for its respect for human rights necessarily. does edward are snowden at this point have any intelligence value to russia? the main thing a lot of us are skeptical about,'s going to be freely able to perform as any other person in russia, that he has some value to the government there, at least in theory. does he really?
Aug 7, 2013 9:00am PDT
that jihadists have used to their advantage. yemen, the ancestral home of osama bin laden has become the base of al qaeda. eight years later the terrorist organization targeted the u.s. embassy in the yemeni capitol killing one american. in 2011 robert worth wrote an article in "the new york times." it was titled "yemen on the brink of hell." yemen is a source of leverage for weakened regimes. quote, terrorism helps raise the profile of a country that had long been neglected. as one yemeni official put it to me, yemen used to be called the tail of the saudi cow. now it is its own cow. former president alley abdullah saleh seemed to view al qaeda as a bargaining chip. he paroled convicted terrorists or allowed them to escape from prison, even as he cracked down on the peaceful protestors. i have two analysts joining me. in terms of being a partner, if you will, on the war on terror, can the yemeni redress it? as you pointed out, having al qaeda in their backyard has almost been a point of leverage with the west and we see what the sewing of those seas have brought in yemen today. >> that's tru